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GETTING TRAPPED IN DATA DATA DATA?
Data data data data data data data data data data data data data data data data data.
Don't worry. You're not alone.
Data can be overwhelming, especially if you're not used to sorting through it. Data is also important, which is why we constantly hear things about being data driven! It helps us pinpoint areas for improvement and areas of success; giving us more information about our demographics whether is performance-related or personal interest; and it paints a bulls-eye that we should aim for.
But sometimes data can restrict your creativity.
I bet none of you have felt that way before.
But if you have, watch the next video. And keep on reading.
I believe there's a happy place where data drives, but creativity thrives. It's just about the approach. Because in reality, data doesn't drive. It can't. Your Excel sheets and data charts can't drive for you. It can't pick up expo markers for you. It can't explain sentence fragments for you. It can't help students through equations or listen to a kid playing a flute or help your 1st class of the day conjugate Spanish verbs. Data does not drive. You do.
Data is like a road map or your GPS. Rather than drive, it gives direction. It tells you the way to go and the places to turn, but it never really drives the car for you. All it's doing is telling you a way to get from A to B -- but you're still in charge of the car. So while you're navigating your way through the rest of the school year, use your data. Let it help you know where you need to go, where your traffic jams may be, pinpoint shortcuts, and help you figure out how long the journey might take you. Use your creativity to help you (and your students) enjoy the ride a little bit more.
SUPER STAR SPOTLIGHT
Eastern Middle: Kemp Allen
Kemp is splitting his time between EGMS, Brown Summit, and Northeast. You can expect to seem him 1 or 2 days a week, in the Media Center, depending on the events of the week. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of him! :(
The return of Amplify support! :) These two individuals will be at Eastern and Jackson through the remainder of this school year.
Jackson Middle: Tessa Stinnett
Tessa is splitting her time between Jackson and Allen Middle. You can expect to see her on campus, in the Media Center, 2 or 3 days a week depending on the week. She is on a two-day rotational schedule at the moment.
Eastern Middle: Kemp Allen
SCHOOL-BASED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Word to your Walls: Word Walls and Strategies to Use Them
- This PD covers: what words walls should be, what goes on a word wall, and then how you can engage your students in that vocab.
- This PD is offered: In person, at your request, whenever I'm at your school. Let's schedule a time -- and bring some friends. :)
Tech Tools for Formative Assessment
- This PD covers: Tech Tools. Formative Assessment. Not trying to make this complicated for you. I'll look at what exactly is formative assessment, how you already formatively assess, and ways you can easily integrate technology into this strategy you're already doing.
- This PD is offered: In person, at your request, whenever I'm at your school. Let's schedule a time -- and again, bring some friends. Groups are fun.
TECH AND TABLET RELATED GOODS
Amplify System updates:
Changes to Student Avatars
- Teachers can now see their students avatars on the Select Student screen
- Student Avatars are now visible in the Discussion tool
Amplify Knowledge Base
- For helpful guides and information, visit the Knowledge Base and our online community for helpful information and to engage with fellow teachers around the country
- Zscaler was implement to help fill in the network filter where it had gaps.
- If students are accessing sites they shouldn't (inappropriate, social media, etc.), let me and your Media Specialist know. Specifically, WHICH sites. That way, we can submit it to the right people to get it filtered.
Apps et al.
- Got an app you want? Go here and learn more about the process to get them. However, the process has to be followed and the form has to be filled out, and sometimes, it might take a while.
- This is a great time to start looking forward and trying to get apps for the fall.
Tablet Tool: News-O-Matic If you have not yet discovered this gem, it's a great app offered in the Amplify Market. This app offers interesting current events for students with lots of way to interact with the text, options for read aloud, comprehension and more. Check out this page on their website (press4kids.com) for tips on how to use this in your classroom! As a snapshot, their tips include: Morning meetings, Shared reading, Independent reading, and Vocabulary development and more!
- Web 2.0: News ELA is a kick-butt tool that I bet a few of you know and a few of you don't. It's a great way to work on students reading comprehension with relevant non-fiction: the news! Students and teachers are able to find different articles (categories include war/peace, money, law, science, health, arts, sports) and place them at -- get it! -- different lexile levels. Check this mess out; it's amazing.
If you have additional questions about them, or just want me to pop in and go through it with you some, let me know!